|Ryan Widmer trial judge sets dates for motions|
|Written by Janice Morse • email@example.com|
|Tuesday, 08 June 2010 20:18|
It will be at least two months before we learn what happens next in the Ryan Widmer case, court documents filed Tuesday reveal.
After two mistrials, Warren County authorities have begun considering whether Widmer, 29, will be acquitted outright or will face a third trial on a murder charge in the 2008 bathtub drowning of his new wife, Sarah, 24, at their home in Hamilton Township. She worked as a dental hygienist in Fort Thomas and her husband had been a sports-marketing manager in Mason.
On Tuesday, Judge Neal Bronson filed a scheduling order that shows he has extended the deadline for defense lawyers to file a motion for acquittal, in which they will be asking Bronson to find Widmer not guilty, cutting off any further prosecution of their client.
Such a motion normally would have to be filed within 14 days of the date that the mistrial was declared; in this case, that would have been next Tuesday.
But Bronson's order set June 30 as the new deadline; prosecutors have until July 20 to respond.
If the lawyers have any new points to argue, they will be presented in a hearing Bronson set for Aug. 3 in Common Pleas Court, Lebanon.
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